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Newsletter

Status

Tiki newsletter is pretty basic but it is tested & stable. It offers tight integration within Tiki. For example it is possible to subscribe a group to a newsletter (and groups can be included in groups). Each newsletter can have distinct permissions to subscribe, send, etc.


Related: Webmail, Inter-User Messages

Style adjustments

This is a micro-revamp to replace using the entire active theme stylesheet with a theme-specific newsletter.css file that contains just a subset of CSS rules that are appropriate for a newsletter.

Stylesheet generating process (subject to change)

  1. There’s a theme-specific stylesheet for newsletters - themes/<themename>/css/newsletter.css
  2. which is generated from a Less file - themes/<themename>/less/newsletter.less
  3. using values from themes/<themename>/less/bootstrap-variables.less, etc.
  4. These can override a default file - themes/base_files/css/newsletter.css
  5. which is compiled from themes/base_files/less/newsletter.less,
  6. the values for which are defined in themes/base_files/tiki-variables.less.


This will produce an external or embedded stylesheet that styles HTML divs, etc. which doesn’t seem to be best practice (see references following), but apparently has been working ok for past Tiki newsletters.

References about HTML email recommendations

Email Standards Project - https://www.email-standards.org/
A complete breakdown of the CSS support for the top 10 most popular mobile, web and desktop email clients on the planet. - https://www.campaignmonitor.com/css/
Using CSS and HTML in Email Newsletters - http://groundwire.org/labs/email_publishing/using_css_and_html_in_email_newsletters/index.html
CSS in HTML Email - http://kb.mailchimp.com/campaigns/ways-to-build/css-in-html-email
A Bulletproof Guide to Using HTML5 and CSS3 in Email - https://litmus.com/blog/a-bulletproof-guide-to-using-html5-and-css3-in-email

Roadmap

Next steps would be to have more of the fancy CRM-like features, like click-through tracking.

Missing features:

  • Per user/group newsletter administration based on category permission or on object permission.
    It should (shall) be possible for specified groups to provide an own group-newsletter created by a superuser, which then could (shall) be administrated by one or more specified group members / group admins whilst the newsletter admin of one group cannot (shall not) administrate or alter the newsletter(s) of another group.
    This could be accomplished by adding to the code the opportunity to categorise newsletters and to add certain admin-permissions like tiki_p_batch_subscribe_email, tiki_p_send_newsletters, tiki_p_subscribe_email, tiki_p_subscribe_newsletters, tiki_p_view_newsletter, tiki_p_list_newsletters to the category permissions (not tiki_p_admin_newsletters)
    There should be a distinction between tiki_p_admin_newsletters which includes the permission to create a new newsletter and the now not (yet) existing tiki_p_admin_newsletter which would limit admin permissions to the specific newsletter.
    see feature request (wishlist): item6469

  • Personalised Newsletter
    There are various options to fetch the eMail addresses as list of receipients of newsletters in Tiki, although one important is missing:
    There is no standard option to create personalised newsletters, either from a Tracker or from a CSV file.
    A very common and important feature for newsletters (despite Tiki doesn’t cover that) is the opportunity to send personalised newsletters with personal salutations like “Dear Mr. Doe”, “Dear Ms Smith”, “Dear Prof. Dr. Nevertheless”.
    If a newsletter could fetch a limited number of field from a Tracker by using permanent field names - optionally but not necessarily a user tracker - it would be quite easy to create a personalised newsletter.
    Additionally it could be considered to either implement an option to self-subscribe to the newsletter via the Tracker - with the problem to handle self-unsibscribe by an unsubscribe link in the sent newsletter or to add oneself to the tracker by the subscription link.
    see feature request (wishlist): item6470


doc:Newsletters

Wishlist

!! Open
{WISHES(filtervalue="45",status="o")}{WISHES}

!! Pending
{WISHES(filtervalue="45",status="p")}{WISHES}

!! Closed
{WISHES(filtervalue="45",status="c")}{WISHES}

Demo

Standards and/or other software

http://tikiwiki.org/tiki-directory_browse.php?parent=34

Other links

Newsletter with text & html patch Has someone tested this?

Templates

Alias

Newsletters

Keywords

The following is a list of keywords that should serve as hubs for navigation within the Tiki development and should correspond to documentation keywords.

Each feature in Tiki has a wiki page which regroups all the bugs, requests for enhancements, etc. It is somewhat a form of wiki-based project management. You can also express your interest in a feature by adding it to your profile. You can also try out the Dynamic filter.

Accessibility (WAI & 508)
Accounting 7.x
Administration
Ajax 2.x
Articles & Submissions
Backlinks
Banner
Batch 6.x
BigBlueButton audio/video/chat/screensharing (5.x)
Blog
Bookmark
Browser Compatibility
Calendar
Category
Chat
Comment
Communication Center
Consistency
Contacts Address book
Contact us
Content template
Contribution 2.x
Cookie
Copyright
Credits 6.x
Custom Home (and Group Home Page)
Database MySQL - MyISAM
Database MySQL - InnoDB
Date and Time
Debugger Console
Directory (of hyperlinks)
Documentation link from Tiki to doc.tiki.org (Help System)
Docs 8.x
DogFood
Draw 7.x
Dynamic Content
Preferences
Dynamic Variable
External Authentication
FAQ
Featured links
Feeds (RSS)
File Gallery
Forum
Friendship Network (Community)
Group
Help
History
Hotword
HTML Page
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Image Gallery
Import-Export
Install
Integrator
Interoperability
Inter-User Messages
InterTiki
jQuery
Kaltura video management
Karma
Live Support
Logs (system & action)
Lost edit protection
Mail-in
Map
Menu
Meta Tag
Missing features
Visual Mapping 3.x
Mobile Tiki and Voice Tiki
Mods
Modules
MultiTiki
MyTiki
Newsletter
Notepad
OS independence (Non-Linux, Windows/IIS, Mac, BSD)
Organic Groups (Self-managed Teams)
Payment 5.x
Performance Speed / Load / Compression / Cache
Permission
Poll
Profiles
Quiz
Rating
Realname
Report
Revision Approval
Score
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search
Security
Semantic links 3.x
Share
Shopping Cart 5.x
Shoutbox
Site Identity
Slideshow
Smarty Template
Social Networking
Spam protection (Anti-bot CATPCHA)
Spellcheck
Spreadsheet
Staging and Approval
Stats
Survey
Syntax Highlighter (Codemirror)
Tablesorter
Tags 2.x
Task
Tell a Friend, alert + Social Bookmarking
Terms and Conditions
Theme
TikiTests 2.x
Timesheet
Token Access
Toolbar (Quicktags)
Tours
Trackers
TRIM
User Administration
User Files
User Menu
Watch
WebHelp
Webmail and Groupmail
WebServices 3.x
Wiki 3D
Wiki History, page rename, etc
Wiki plugins extends basic syntax
Wiki syntax text area, parser, etc
Wiki structure (book and table of content)
Workspace and perspectives 4.x
WYSIWTSN 4.x
WYSIWYCA
WYSIWYG 2.x
XMLRPC




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